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Merry-Go-Round Marinduque's Moryons

Friday, April 6, 2012

Merry-Go-Round

Marinduque's Moryons

By FLORO M. MERCENE
April 5, 2012, 3:55pm
 
MANILA, Philippines — In 1960, when the Marinduque Moryon Festival was one-and-a-half century old, this Lenten practice underwent a transformation. From a highly individualistic, personal pursuit, it became part of a team effort, an attempt by municipal and tourism authorities to regulate and put a semblance of order in an otherwise, disparate, dispersed, unfettered display of cultural and religious observance.

Part of the reason is to cater to tourists. The other is an honest-to-goodness desire by scholars and educators to revive an otherwise dying, highly localized ethnic tradition. The old moryon practices, seen by native residents as spontaneous, unrehearsed Lenten jollity, have turned into a ritualized display of religious fervor.

History will judge whether the transformation was a positive spin that allows us to enjoy this unique Lenten tradition, or we have simply lost and will never regain the old comical, amusing, unrehearsed way Marinduqueños view their Lenten rites..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/356368/marinduques-moryons

Are Holy Week Traditions Fading?

Are Holy Week Traditions Fading?

By LEO O. LAPARAN II and BRYAN G. VILLASANA MB Research
 
 
MANILA, Philippines — Traditions die hard, especially when they are rooted in religion and folklore.
Filipinos have long observed Holy Week rites, from waving the palaspas on Palm Sunday to joining the pabasa on Maundy Thursday and watching the penitents on Good Friday.

But technological advances like smart phones, email, and GPS have changed the cultural landscape and individual lifestyles. Have these changes diminished the fervor for Holy Week rituals?

Manila Bulletin Research did random interviews to find out what Holy Week traditions have lost their sway among the faithful..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/356413/are-holy-week-traditions-fading

Crucifixion 'Star' Nears End Of His Vow By AARON B. RECUENCO

Crucifixion 'Star' Nears End Of His Vow

By AARON B. RECUENCO
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga – Ruben Enaje is near the end of his 27-year vow.

Enaje will be nailed to the cross for the 26th straight year today, Good Friday.

The “crucifixion” of Enaje and 20 other penitents has been the high point of the Good Friday observance in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, an event that draws thousands of the devout and the curious to the small village.
But the 51-year-old artist feels he is getting too old to continue the ritual. “I can already feel my body complaining,” Enaje told the Manila Bulletin in Filipino.

He looked at the huge wooden cross that he keeps in his workplace. “This will be my retirement cross. I put my heart into making this because this will be part of my last performance next year,” he said.
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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/356411/crucifixion-star-nears-end-of-his-vow

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